By Diane Ako
HONOLULU (KHNL)- If you love old Japanese movies, you'll want to keep an eye out for this poster exhibit. Honolulu resident Brian Suzuki donated 4 thousand Japanese movie posters which he's been saving for more than 30 years. "I spent a good part of the 50's watching these movies and it taught me about the history of Japan."
It's taken volunteers a year to organize his donated collection, but eventually they hope to put the best ones on display. Some are a little shocking for the volunteers! Edith Sugano says she really learned something during this project. "I'm surprised there are so many kinds of movies including x-rated movies!"
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii hopes to sell these posters some time next year, and after that put on an exhibit. JCCH's Shayna Coleon says, "They were established during plantation days when each plantation had a theater. I think it's important to share this part of our history with generations of today and tomorrow."
The Japanese Cultural Center isn't sure how much it will net from the poster sale, but some of those posters sell for $200 on e bay.
JCCH is always looking for more volunteers who can help to translate the Japanese on the posters, as well as volunteers to help us carry and organize these bulky items. With more than 4,000 posters, it is a big job for its nine volunteers. Two of these volunteers, Edith Sugano and Irene Nakamura, are the women who help to translate the Japanese on the posters.